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  • Gerald Saunders

    My bees are just about all dead and have what looks like white eggs all around I have pictures to send .what I wonder is will it get in the hive next to it and is the hony still good for other bees to come to the hive thanks Gerald also one more thing is this the correct place to ask this type of questions

  • Stephen Tilmann

    Hi Gerald,
    First, questions of this sort are best put on the FAQ (frequently asked questions) page. That way, others are likely to see it, respond, and share with other beekeepers who have a similar situation.

    Email the pictures to and I’ll see if I can find someone to help.
    Steve Tilmann, Treasurer
    Michigan Beekeepers’ Assocation

  • Christine Chickeral

    I live in Monroe County and many years ago, a friend placed hives on my property and paid me in honey! He passed away and with all the reading about the threat of losing our bees causes me to offer my property to become a beehive host once again! I had NO problems with the hives here, and I only noticed them in the early spring when they were on every dandelion or the late fall when they’d swarm my pond.

    I’d be willing to serve as a helper and am only offering space as a host! If there is any interest, please contact me!

    Chris Chickeral
    Exeter Township, Monroe County, Michigan

  • kimberly schmidt

    Hi everyone ,
    just a quick question is there any classes in the macomb county area?

  • Stephen Tilmann

    Yes. Contact the SEMBA club. Contact info can be found at…

  • Kirk Small

    Hi all,
    I’ve been a hobbyist for nearly a decade now. However it is evident through my series of losses that I am in desperate need of a mentor. i live in Adrian, MI and would very much appreciate the input of an experienced keeper here for the reintroduction of at least 2 new hives here at my home. One year of timed visits including one overwintering session would serve to help me insure that any future losses were due to forces beyond our control. In short, I can not tell if I’ve lost thriving hives due to CCD or to mismanagement. Really sticking my neck out looking for an understanding kind soul to help, but, I am very serious about tis hobby and turning things around and maintaining healthy thriving hives for many years to come.

  • Stephen Tilmann

    Hi Kirk,
    We certainly understand. The first thing we would do is start attending a local bee club meeting. You can find a list of these on the MBA web site. Here, you will find kindred spirits, help and knowledge. Clubs (usually) meet monthly and try very hard to have a major educational component. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions, network and find all kinds of help. Many clubs have an active mentoring program.

    The next thing we would do is plan on attending the 2015 spring MBA conference in East Lansing. The conference is, by far, the largest gathering of beekeepers in the state (and ranks right up there nationally). There are two days of classes, featured speakers (who know their stuff) and a large room full of vendors.

    The third thing we would do is expand our library of good reading material. The idea here is to educate oneself regarding the many aspects of beekeeping. There has been a lot of new knowledge uncovered in the past decade. While many aspects of beekeeping have been around for over a century, we find ourselves in new territory with the advent of varroa and pathogens that can span the globe in a matter of a few years. A successful beekeeper will have an understand of this new environment. Besides, reading a good book about bees is very enjoyable time spent.
    Steve Tilmann, Treasurer
    Michigan Beekeepers’ Association

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